heinee14212 (film, music, literature) 14

heinee14212 (film, music, literature) 14 - three films and...

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his music for Hamlet and King Lear shares the style qualities of his “late period” style, used in the final ten years of his life. The late style is marked by the use of less tonal materials, such as the octatonic scale, and even twelve-tone “melodies,” and by changes in his characteristic treatments of instrumentation and orchestration. The link between Hamlet and King Lear is quite obvious, but The Gadfly , too, is an adaptation of British literature. The novel, written by Ethel Voynich in the late nineteenth century, was adapted in the mid-1950s, along with Othello and Don Quixote . Egorova states that only these three films, all world literature adaptations, were able to “rise above the general level and attract public attention to the artistic merits of their music.” 2 Adaptation of literature is the common bond between the
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Unformatted text preview: three films, and Shostakovich’s style periods correspond to the time period when the films were produced. The second part of the dissertation is comprised of three close readings of the films. The Gadfly , which is the focus of Chapter Four, is set in mid-nineteenth century Italy during the Austrian occupation. The protagonist, known as the Gadfly, writes newspaper articles condemning the Austrians, and helps lead revolutionary actions. The diegetic music represents three groups of people: the church, the common people of Austria, and the synthesis of the two, the upper-class revolutionaries. The non-diegetic music follows the expected conventions, and because of the setting of the film and the period of composition that Shostakovich 2 Egorova, 137. 5...
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